Ballymena travel guide

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You're Going to Love Ballymena

With a population of 28,932, Ballymena is a must-see destination in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Consider staying at least one whole day in Ballymena to see all of its attractions.

When to visit Ballymena

Ballymena in December
Estimated hotel price
$151
1 night at 3-star hotel
Ballymena in December
Estimated hotel price
$151
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Ballymena

Plane

When flying to Ballymena, you’ll arrive at Belfast Intl Airport (BFS), which is located 24 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Ballymena is to pick up a car hire from Edinburgh, which is about 229 km from Ballymena. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and Hertz, among others, in Edinburgh.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Ballymena, including National Express, Bus and Busbud. From Dublin, the bus ride to Ballymena takes 177 km and will cost you around $44. From Glasgow, the ticket costs about $196 for a journey of 523 km.

Plane

When flying to Ballymena, you’ll arrive at Belfast Intl Airport (BFS), which is located 24 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Ballymena is to pick up a car hire from Edinburgh, which is about 229 km from Ballymena. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and Hertz, among others, in Edinburgh.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Ballymena, including National Express, Bus and Busbud. From Dublin, the bus ride to Ballymena takes 177 km and will cost you around $44. From Glasgow, the ticket costs about $196 for a journey of 523 km.

Airports near Ballymena

Airlines serving Ballymena

Lufthansa
Good (4,664 reviews)
KLM
Good (850 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,540 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,614 reviews)
Air France
Good (983 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,584 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,467 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (185 reviews)
Aer Lingus
Good (773 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (963 reviews)
easyJet
Good (1,445 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (3,433 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (549 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (5,792 reviews)
Virgin Atlantic
Good (504 reviews)
Kenya Airways
Good (154 reviews)
Jet2
Excellent (97 reviews)
Loganair
Excellent (14 reviews)
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Where to stay in Ballymena

Average rates range from around $235 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $435 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Ballymena

Hiring a car in Ballymena

Expect to pay $3.06 per litre in Ballymena (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $36.68 and $48.91. The most frequently booked car type in Ballymena is Economy (Opel Corsa or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Ford Focus or similar) is, on average, 47% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Expect to pay $3.06 per litre in Ballymena (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $36.68 and $48.91. The most frequently booked car type in Ballymena is Economy (Opel Corsa or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Ford Focus or similar) is, on average, 47% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.